ZMM Architects and Engineers and tvsdesign, of Charleston, received an Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the West Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for new construction and renovation of the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.
Winners of AIA’s top design awards for 2019 were announced during the 2019 AIA West Virginia Design Awards Gala and Scholarship Benefit, held May 11 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.
“This event is a celebration of architecture in West Virginia,” said Adam Krason, president of AIA West Virginia. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our members to celebrate their successes with their clients, and for the chapter as a whole to celebrate design.”
The team of architects and engineers were influenced by the strong authentic character of the city to remake the Charleston Civic Center into a more efficient, sustainable, dynamic and iconic best-in-class destination, according to an AIA news release.
A five-person jury headed by Xavier Vendrell, principal of Xavier Vendrell Studios, in Chicago and Barcelona, and professor at the Rural Studio at Auburn University, noted that the story of West Virginia is an intriguing starting point for this project that sets the local character of the building through the palette of materials.
Clear ideas in the use of the palette for the interior materials with a thoughtfully designed entrance lobby and ballroom overlooking the river were also recognized.
Other winners include:
- The Thrasher Group of Bridgeport and Charleston, who received an Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for Interiors for the Jack Caffrey Arts and Culture Center, in Welch.
- Omni Associates-Architects of Fairmont, who earned an Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for New Construction for the MCPARC East Marion Pool Entry Pavilion located, in Fairmont.
- WYK Associates, Inc., of Clarksburg, who was awarded Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for Historic Preservation and the Craftsmanship Award for the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center.
- Desmone Architects, of Pittsburgh and Morgantown, who were awarded four Merit Awards and one Citation for four separate projects including — the Morgantown Enterprise Center in Morgantown, awarded for an unbuilt project; Mountain State Brewing Company, in Bridgeport, awarded for its interiors; Tech Forge on 47th Street, in Pittsburgh, awarded for sustainable design and awarded a Citation for new construction; WestRidge Leasing Office, in Morgantown, awarded for interiors.
- Silling Architects of Charleston who was awarded a Citation for Renovation of the John Marshall High School in Glen Dale.
Proceeds from the AIA gala’s ticket sales went toward the AIA West Virginia Scholarship program, which benefits West Virginia native students working toward a degree in architecture. This year, AIA WV awarded five students a total of $14,000.00.